Brewed by Brauerei Hofstetten - Krammer
Style: Doppelbock
St. Martin, Austria


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RATINGS: 260   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 219   ABV: 7.3%
Um das Thema "Granit" im Bier noch mehr zu verankern, beschlossen wir 2008 erstmals ein GRANIT BOCKBIER einzubrauen, das in alten Granitsteintrgen vergoren wird. Perfekte Vorraussetzungen fr ein solches Bier, bietet das Sudhaus aus dem Jahre 1929. Whrend der Hauptgrung in alten Granitbottichen hat das Gestein Zeit seine Geschichte an das Bier weiter zu geben. Um auf Temperatur zu kommen starten wir diesen Proze mit glhenden Granitzwecken. Die Steine werden ber offenem Feuer erhitzt und khlen dann schlagartig in der Wrze ab. Die Bierinhaltstoffe karamellisieren und die Hefe erhlt optimale Grbedingungen. Zustzlich wird die Hefe ganz klassisch "aufgezogen" d. h. von Kbel zu Kbel geschttet um diese zu belften. Dank der offenen Grbottiche knnen wir die Krusendecke abschpfen und somit unedle Hopfenbitterstoffe entfernen. Daraus resultiert ein dunkler Bocktyp mit schnen Karamell- und Rstaromen und einem wunderbaren Hopfenbuket. Nach ausreichender Lagerung in den alten Gewlbe-kellern, ziehen wir den Bock bereits im Juli auf die Flasche, damit bis Weihnachten eine Nachreifung stattfinden kann.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - JUN 28, 2010
(500 ml bottle from Bootleggers) Pours brown with three fingers of tan head. Aroma of brown sugar, chocolate, honey and vanilla. Mouthfeel smooth, feels pretty filtered, very lightly fizzy. Flavor of chocolate, brown sugar, honey and vanilla. Light bitter bite in finish. Nice - malty and rich.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrRain (472) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 9, 2010
500ml bottle poured into a lager glass. HG looks like a good bock, being brown with a tint of red. The head is a little thin though. The aroma is nicely sweet with floral touches, raisins and alcohol. Umm bock! It has that dark fruit and alcohol flavor so inherent to the style. The body is a tad thin but not detrimentaly so. The finish is a sweet and syrupy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AmEricanbrew (6878) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JUN 8, 2010
Deep reddish brown color with tan head. Big sweet dark bread, brown sugar, yeasty lagered aromas. Light to medium bodied. Nice molasses, dark bread, dark fruit, yeasty flavors. good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TonyDiUlio (663) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 29, 2010
Pour is a thin dark brown. Little head. Aroma is malts and honey. Flavor is a little toasty with hints of coffee and bark. Light feeling.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
notalush (5796) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 24, 2010
Ruby beer with a creamy, off-white head - kind of an earthy aroma for a bock - a lot of sweet date, raisin, treacle, dough - a moderate acidic tang - smooth, creamy mouthfeel - not as sweet as the aroma suggests, but still loaded with raisin, fig, caramel, toffee - some noble hops and moderate acidity do a decent job of cutting it, but it borders on cloying after a while, especially as it warms - I like my bocks sweet, though, so I dont have an issue - quite complex.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scauca (490) - Lovere, ITALY - MAY 5, 2010
At the brewery. Clear mahogany with a nice tan head. Aroma is sweet malty, caramel, sweet chocolate. Flavour of burnt sugar, sweet. Overall nice but nothing special.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shigadeyo (3655) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 4, 2010

12/30/2009: Hofstettner Granitbock... Aroma: Lots of sweet caramelized "European" malt; hints of apple. Appearance: Golden reddish-amber; minimum beige head. Flavor: Lots of caramelized pale European malt just shy of getting scorched; dark brown sugar; hints of caramelized apple; moderate earthy bitterness. Palate: Medium to medium-full body; fairly smooth. Overall: This is a nice Bock!

1 pint 0.9 fl. oz. bottle ( 41902091 ) shared by Tmoney99. Thanks Tom! Rating #84 for this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 25, 2010
16 oz bottle from Julios. A thin, mostly fading light beige head covers the clear dark chesnut pour that could be more attractive. While the looks could easily be improved, the nose greets us with a firm, grasping maltiness . Profoundly toasty, nutty lager with an unmistakable bock/lager character from its clean yeastiness. Fig and plum reminiscent fruitiness provides a certain juicy aspect that fits the leather/nut/leaf/chocolate/toasted bread/caramel flavour profile to a T. Gently oily palate, relatively round, though easy-drinking and enhanced by engaging light, rather soft bubbles. A soft leafy, spicy hoppiness closes this march to excellence. A bit sweeter than I prefer, but excellent malt extraction. Toasty heaven. Adorable though on the stronger side of bocks. I dont remember too many good bocks from my visit in Austria, so this is a pleasant surprise.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Brigadier (3605) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - APR 16, 2010
500 ml bottle
I had some high hopes for this based on the low cost but this gusher ended up being a dud. Maybe I had a bad bottle but unless this is on sale I do not see purchasing another to rerate. This beer was interesting but hardly the cream of the crop for its style.

Aroma / Appearance - Gushing from the second I popped it open the bottle took a few minutes to settle before I could even pour anything but a tan head. The rusty brown body was dull and somewhat lifeless. The aroma of salted almonds mixed with dusty books and stale chocolate to create a total package that was less than exciting.

Flavor / Palate - Traces of dried smoked ham, cocoa (like you would find in chocolate milk mix), and raisins blended into a standard blend. The fluid mouthfeel was light on the palate. This was drinkable but I found myself looking for something else rather than trying to finish off the remnants after the first glass was empty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChainGangGuy (4872) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - APR 12, 2010
Appearance: Dropped off to my table a hazed, deep dark brown body topped with a full, foaming, tan-colored head. Smell: Fruity, malty nose, combining scents of baked apples and pureed raisins with notes of bread and caramel with a spray bottle spritz of clean alcohol. Taste: The taste is alive with a dark breadiness smoothed over with well-caramelized sugars. Smidgen of roast. Deep, delicately tart fruitiness carries over from the nose. Slight, growing chocolate presence as it warms. Very restrained hop character and bitterness. Touch of warming alcohol presence on the fruity, sweetly malty, smooth finish. Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Very slight chewiness to the overall mouthfeel. Drinkability: No trouble here finishing my portion. A fine, upstanding bock, providing you likem sweet and malty.

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